Culture fund avails $6 000 to Gweru festival


GWERU — The Culture Fund Trust of Zimbabwe has donated $6 000 to the Midlands Arts and Culture Festival (Macfest) Zimbabwe for the hosting of the week-long culture event, which kicks off next Monday.

Stephen Chadenga
Arts correspondent

Macfest founder and director Joe Wailer said the event faced challenges in securing sponsors, but passionately thanked the Culture Fund for what he said was a timely donation.

“The Culture Fund made available $6 000 to Macfest and we thank them for the gesture, but we still face sponsorship challenges,” Wailer said.

He, however, revealed that a few local companies, including a bank, had promised to assist in the holding of the cultural and arts festival, regarded as the biggest in the entertainment calendar of the province.

“There are few local companies which have promised to chip in and a local bank. In fact, we will be signing a sponsorship package with the local bank this week, though I can’t divulge the contents of the package at the moment,” he said.

Macfest festival will run from the September 16-21 with over 100 artists lined up for the event.

Artists like jazz guru, Bob Nyabinde, Afro-jazz icon, Jeys Marabini, urban groover Roki, Mafriq, among others will add to the entertainment line up of poets, dramas ,among other genres.